Summer occasion dressing minus the frump factor
No one wants to look mother-of-the-bride even when they are the mother of the bride (or groom). My friend’s son is getting married this summer and she is determined not to go down the traditional pastel-y, floral-y route. Another friend is celebrating her 60th birthday and wants to avoid the frump factor. Both asked me what to buy. My advice: keep it chic, simple and modern. ‘Forget fascinators and frou-frou, they look naff and will add 20 years. Spend your money on a blow-dry instead,’ that’s what I told The Times when they asked me for a quote on dressing for a formal event in summer.
I don’t have any special occasions to attend this summer – though I’m always open to an invitation (see email address in sidebar). And when I do, I try to wear something I already own, rather than buying something new. Wear what you feel comfortable in, that’s my motto. Then whoop things up with a bit of bling.
But, if it is a really posh ‘do’ with competitive in-laws, then my advice is: buy something you’ll wear again. The aim is to feel relaxed and to look like yourself; not Piffy on a rock bun. That’s a northern phrase and I’m not sure who Piffy is but I always understood it to mean, standing around on your own, feeling awkward (a rock bun is a cake that’s a bit like a scone, by the way). Just be yourself, that’s my best advice.